Greetings Lori & all,
First of all you may think it odd that I'm writing this since I am one of those who pops in and out at long intervals, but I do consider MM home and like many 'distant' relatives have much to say whether my opinion is wanted or not.
We have a chat option that is never used. Well, I think we still have one and I'm not around long enough to see if it ever is used but it would be a great place to share things quickly with rapid feedback.
I think it would be great to have a monthly time set for open chat on a pre-selected topic. For instance, I would love to know more about getting something as simple as a poem or short prose published for the newbies. I'm sure there are a lot of places one could find this out but I would like to hear more from people I trust and have the ability to ask them questions as they come to me. A few people have told me I should try a small book of poems but I'm too unsure of myself and haven't a clue how to go about it properly.
I am also 'technically challenged' when knowing for sure the ins and outs of writing and many of us get confused over style, format, punctuation, etc. Of course we get a lot of this on reviews but its nice to have that immediate interaction with folks to find more clarity and just be social.
Another issue that has always bothered me is the lack of feedback on prose. This isn't the only site with that problem as it is obviously easier to read and review a poem then a short story (or lengthy in my case
). Most don't bother even going into that section, let alone respond. Its not just that I prefer to write prose but I noticed the same with a lot who do and have noticed very little is posted anymore. I wondered if anyone had any ideas on how to 'jump start' that section of the forum.
Though it may sound as if i am whining a lot here I do want to say that one of the reasons I love MM over other sites is that we have the most dedicated and understanding members I've come across. You are honest and forthright with suggestions and comments but it is never done maliciously. Whether advice is taken or not one knows it is always given with the best intent and I have found it to be extremely helpful. I like that we are able to joke on some issues that other places may take offense and be combative over. **teehee** Yes, Don... this entry is verbose and done so just to tease you.
Well, not really... I am who I am.
Just some food for thought.